A cute little story about a cute little girl and what happened when they put her in charge of a raffle at the parish fair.
Kathleen Thompson Norris, who wrote both as "Jane Ireland" and "Kathleen Norris" (no relation to today's writer of that name) was a prolific and popular writer of non-fiction, short stories and novels, as well as working as a reporter. Her half-Irish and Catholic heritage gave her a different viewpoint, and her experience with working for her living and with being a work-at-home mother kept her in touch with women in the same kinds of positions. She wrote the Alanna stories at the beginning of her career.
She was married to Charles Norris (the author of Salt), and her brother-in-law was Frank Norris, who wrote The Octopus and The Pit. Her sister married William Rose Benet, she was also related by marriage to Elinor Wylie, and she didn't die until the early sixties. IMDB lists 18 movies which were adapted from her work and/or gave her screenplay credit.
So why has this generation never heard of her before? Beats me! She's fun!